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(Courtesy VDEM)
(Courtesy VDEM)

A Norfolk man graduated Saturday from the first off-campus Emergency Management Advanced Academy.

Norfolk’s Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response Jim Redick was one of 19 students to graduate from the academy at an afternoon ceremony held in Chesterfield, according to a Virginia Department of Emergency news release.

The academy, which is part of the Emergency Management Professional Program, aims to improve the ability of emergency officials to respond to disasters. Academy students build leadership skills, learn management techniques and practice strategic thinking.

Virginia is the first state to offer the academy outside of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute’s Maryland campus. Florida is following behind with a class set to graduate in upcoming months, the release states.

“Virginia was an ideal place to offer the first off-campus Emergency Management Advanced Academy because of our long-standing relationship with EMI,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stern, Virginia’s state coordinator of emergency management, referring to FEMA’s Maryland institute. “Also, Virginia has been faced with a wide range of emergency management challenges—hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding, mudslides and the 9/11 terrorist attack.”

Those interested in attending a future EMAA should email the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Training, Education and Exercise Division at

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.